The short version
Katja is a self-proclaimed creativity “nerd”. She is a passionate creative entrepreneur, with a couple of real businesses, and a few “nearly” businesses behind her.
A writer and kaizen-muse creativity coach, she’s a passionate advocate the highly creative, sensitive, introverted type. She believes that creative living – however that looks for you – is where joy, fun, and purpose is found.
The slightly longer one:
I am one of those sensitive, creative independent types who was told as a child that without an education, I’d end up being a cleaner, and that music and art was a fine hobby but not really a realistic way to make a living.
This was not out of malice but a belief, particularly by my mother, because she herself had “escaped” (pun intended) a life as a servant for a family on a farm, until she would marry herself and then continue “serving” as a farmer’s wife.
My mother escaped the history of her own mom by getting an education.
So her message to my sister and me was loud and clear: never depend (financially) on a man, so get an education. Any education.
I agree with that message, and I am so proud of, and grateful for, my mother’s choice to get herself an education, and leave that life behind.
But here’s the flip side of that message:
It was based on the belief that a secure job would follow an education, and success was measured by how things looked on the outside.
Feelings didn’t come into it at any stage.
We were all meant to follow the same steps until we reached our pension age.
So how difficult it must have been to deal with me, an insisting, sensitive, persistent and fiercely independent child, who did not want to do something just because everyone else did it.
What I did instead:
I left school at 16 with really good grades, worked a year to save up money and then went to England on my own, never to return home. At least, that was my plan, I was a dramatic 16-year-old, after all!
My life took many turns, all of them initiated by me and no, I never did get that college or university education.
Instead I got a life education. It’s an education in social skills, emotional skills, communication skills, plus I learned English to the point where I am now bi-lingual.
I have worked with, for and under high and low, including international celebrity and newspaper editors, cleaner and warehouse workers and I have exhibited creativity and leadership in everything I’ve done.
I’ve pretty much always been promoted in every job and at one stage, I had 35 staff. A job I chose to leave after a year.
The list could go on, but it won’t.
My conclusion is this:
From all my experiences I know for sure, that living a joyful and prosperous life comes down to who you are.
Not what you do for a living or what title you carry.
I love me a quote or two, and our fellow polymath, says it so well:
So when I talk about highly creative people, I talk about a specific kind of person.
This person is multipassionate – polymath – scanner – multipotentialite – hummingbird – boundary-crosser – (some) ADD and ADHD people – (some) school dropouts – (some) artists – (some) entrepreneurs.
It’s all of us, who look at the world through the eyes of possibilities, passions, ideas and dreams.
We do things our own way. It’s the only way we know. Anything else makes us miserable.
Our interests, passions and curiosity change and we change with them. It’s how we roll.
I believe that being a person with multi passions, means being a person with multi skills @katjahunter
I clap my hands when I read yet another book/report/stat that says what companies are looking for in employees, are people who are creative, emotionally and socially intelligent.
The academic intelligence is no longer the main player!
Ok, so when I step down off my soapbox (;-)), you can find me with my creative artsy stuff, painting, writing here on the blog, spending “hygge” time with my kids, or trying to get them to tidy up their rooms 🙂
I am Danish and am back in Denmark after having lived 14 years in London and Dublin
I’m married to a Londoner and a mum of 3 kids.
My daytime job is as a Assistant Nursery Teacher in a children’s nursery – which I love.
I dream of having a summer-house in Italy or France and arrange my life so that I can spend 3 months of the year there. Living a slow creative life.
There’s a lot of silliness going on in our house, silly name calling, embarrassing dancing, that sort of thing.
And finally, I’m on an eternal quest to live a meaningful, educating, fun and financially independent life.
Thanks for reading